EMC – Avoiding the nightmare

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group

This event will look at Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) including design, testing, regulation and diagnostic probing.

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About the event

Reliable radio communication devices are essential in today’s world. It is vital that multiple systems can operate without mutual interference, and this is the aim of design for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Good EMC engineering begins with the design concept and should not be a matter of applying fixes to a complete device that failed to meet specification because of spurious emissions, internal crosstalk, or susceptibility to interference from another device. EMC is designed in, not tested out.

Speakers at this event will share their knowledge on regulations, good practice, countermeasures and measurement.

The event will be a good place for younger engineers to learn, and for mature engineers to share their experience.

The draft agenda aims to cover the following:

  • Emissions regulatory testing
  • Diagnostic probing
  • Magnetic field mapping
  • Automotive requirements
  • EMC CAD software
  • Design for EMC

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Welcome from CW / host


A word from our sponsor


Introduction to Radio Technology SIG and scene setting

Brian Collins, BSC Associates


EMC issues of Wireless products

Roger Ray, Technical Director, RN Electronics

Emissions from wireless devices, are generally understood by wireless designers. ETSI and FCC specifications define the limits for harmonics, in and out of band spurious, and adjacent channel.
However, transmit test modes often don’t allow full configuration or use of product (Ethernet/USB/Serial ports etc. may not be fully functioning) therefore EN 301 489-x series of standards come into play (class B radiated emissions etc.) to cover generic/other emissions. Also conducted port emissions both power and telecom need to be measured if applicable. Other considerations are: Multiple transmitters in the same product, and installing an OEM module. Together with EU tests that are generally defined in standards, and FCC/ISED tests that refer to ANSI standards or KDB’s.




Why are there so few Harmonised EMC Standards?

Steve Hayes, Technical Director, Element Materials Technology
There have been very few Harmonised EMC standards issued in recent months. This is due to a fundamental issue identified by the European Commission that is yet resolved that covers the assessment of the product during testing. This presentation will highlight the issues and provide a clear path to approving products against the appropriate directive without the use of harmonised standards.




Lunch and networking with demos


EMC Simulation of Automotive Ethernet

Dr Tamara Monti, Solution Consultant - Dassault Systèmes /Simulia

Rapidly escalating levels of data rates are projected to grow even further in the future, fueled by trends like the upcoming introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles. This talk will present simulations of EMC related aspects of the automotive Ethernet: the effect of the PCB layout on the emission from an automotive Ethernet channel, crosstalk from the automotive Ethernet channel to other cables inside one harness, and susceptibility of the channel based on the BCI testing method.




Refreshments and networking


RF shielding – A practical demonstration

Mark Tyndall, Senior EMC Engineer, Eurofins York

This demonstration looks at the radio-frequency shielding provided by a typical metallic enclosure and explores how it can be degraded by poor design or unconsidered changes.




Panel / discussion session


Closing remarks


Event close


Steve Hayes - Technical Director, Element Materials Technology

Steve Hayes CEng, MIET - Steve is Technical Director with Element Materials Technology focusing on EMC and radio related topics, having served as General Manager for many years, responsible for running Element’s EMC/wireless labs in the UK. Steve now supports the operational business through technical leadership in both the UK and US where Element has the majority of its test labs, in addition to running its advisory services (ESQ) offering providing support and guidance on compliance issues to Element customers. Steve is the current chair of the EMC Test Labs Association (EMCTLA) and past chair of the EU Association of Notified Bodies (EUANB) in addition to being an active member of the UK mirror committees of IEC/CISPR and convenor of CISPR/B/WG1, responsible for the content of CISPR 11/EN55011 covering Industrial, Scientific and Medical Equipment.

Tamara Monti - Solution Consultant , Dassault Systemes

Dr Tamara Monti earned her PhD degree in Electromagnetics from the Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy with a thesis about Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscopy.

She then joined the University of Nottingham for a 3-year post-doctoral appointment in the Microwave Processing Engineering group.

She currently has 10 top 10% SNIP journal publications and she presented results to several international conferences.

Tamara has been visiting scholar to Temple University, Trieste Synchrotron, University of Maryland and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

She has joined CST UK in August 2017 and now she is Solution Consultant for Dassault Systemes.

Roger Ray - Technical Director, RN Electronics

Roger has over 40 years’ experience in the electronics industry including his role as Group Chief of Marconi Mobile Radio. Roger formed RN Electronics in 1986 as an RF design and consultancy business, mainly for wireless products. Through the 1990’s he developed the business providing EMC testing to complement the wireless design and regulatory testing. RN Electronics has grown steadily since then to become one of the leading independent UKAS accredited test laboratories for EMC and Radio testing. Roger now splits his time between his interest in microwave amateur radio and supporting the business expansion in to providing testing services for the latest wireless technologies.

Mark Tyndall - Senior EMC Engineer, Eurofins York

Mark is a Senior EMC Engineer in the Expert Services group in Eurofins York.  He gained his PhD in Physics from the University of York for work on visualisation and automated analysis of data from spectrographic electron microscopes.  Since then, he has worked for Eurofins York (formerly York EMC Services), where he provides expertise on EMC management, design, and research/development into novel and non-standard EMC testing.  Mark is also subject matter expert for Eurofins York’s human EMF exposure services, overseeing surveys and providing management and training services for the EMC Directive requirements.

SIG Champions

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, then spearheaded Bristol’s hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He is the Co-Director of this centre. He leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity; which includes the recent award of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). Mark’s current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. He has over 30 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, experimental evaluation and optimization of Massive MIMO, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems. With a strong industrially focused research portfolio, he is also the School Research Impact Director.

Brian Collins - Managing Consultant, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Paul Harris - Principal Wireless Architect, VIAVI Solutions

Paul is a wireless technology expert with experience across a range of areas including research, design, implementation and standardisation. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol for evaluating the performance of massive MIMO technology in the lead-up to 5G and is currently a Principal Wireless Architect within the CTO Office at VIAVI Solutions providing thought leadership on new and emerging technologies for 5G, 6G and beyond. In line with this he represents VIAVI within a range of bodies and fora including 3GPP, the O-RAN Alliance, ETSI, the Next G Alliance, the 6G-IA and the UKTIN. His experience prior to joining VIAVI includes representing Vodafone within 3GPP for radio performance aspects, contributing to the development of massive MIMO channel estimation solutions at Cohere Technologies, and working with customers as a domain expert at National Instruments to establish effective research solutions using software-defined radio. He is also a Chartered Engineer, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the ITP, and an Honorary Industrial Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Peter Kibutu - 5G NTN Market lead, TTP plc

Peter has been working in the cellular industry for over 15 years, specialising in modem system architecture and physical layer development. Before joining TTP, Peter worked in the development of 2G/3G/4G wireless modem products and small-cell base station projects for a number of leading cellular equipment vendors. At TTP Peter has worked with a wide range of clients in the satellite and cellular communication domains, specialising in end-to-end system engineering, modem system development and advising on commercial aspects. Currently Peter is the TTP technical lead for 5G/6G activities and represents the company in range of industry bodies including 3GPP and UKTIN.

Peter Topham - Principal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Science Park, Milton Road, CB4 0GA

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